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9“When the kings of the earth who committed adultery with
her and shared her luxury see the smoke of her burning, they will weep and mourn over her.
10Terrified at her torment, they will stand far off and cry:
“ ‘Woe! Woe to you, great city, you mighty city of Babylon!
In one hour your doom has come!’
11“The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes anymore—
12cargoes of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls; fine linen, purple, silk and scarlet cloth; every sort of citron wood,
and articles of every kind made of ivory, costly wood, bronze,
iron and marble;
13cargoes of cinnamon and spice, of incense, myrrh and frankincense, of wine and olive oil, of fine flour and wheat; cattle and sheep; horses and carriages; and human beings sold
14“They will say, ‘The fruit you longed for is gone from you.
All your luxury and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered.’
15The merchants who sold these things and gained their wealth from her will stand far off, terrified at her torment. They will weep and mourn
16and cry out:
“ ‘Woe! Woe to you, great city, dressed in fine linen, purple
and scarlet, and glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls!
17In one hour such great wealth has been brought to ruin!’
“Every sea captain, and all who travel by ship, the sailors, and
all who earn their living from the sea, will stand far off.
18When they see the smoke of her burning, they will exclaim,
‘Was there ever a city like this great city?’
19They will throw dust on their heads, and with weeping and
mourning cry out:
“ ‘Woe! Woe to you, great city, where all who had ships on the
sea became rich through her wealth! In one hour she has been
brought to ruin!’
20“Rejoice over her, you heavens! Rejoice, you people of God!
Rejoice, apostles and prophets! For God has judged her with
the judgment she imposed on you.”
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